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There are only a few days until Christmas and in Portugal it is a unique experience. For some people, particularly those that come from very cold parts of the world, it doesn’t feel Christmasy enough. For others, the ability to walk outside and even get a little Vitamin D is a real Christmas miracle. 

Learn about the Christmas traditions in Portugal and don't miss out on our wine suggestions for a typical Portugusese Christmas meal!



The Holiday season is celebrated as a time for family, of giving and sharing.Christmas in Portugal takes place on the evening of the 24th of December although, as a lot of it happens around midnight, it crosses over into the 25th.

You’ll find nativity scenes all over Portugal around Christmas, often by the side of the road near roundabouts. Live nativity scenes, where people dress up as characters from the Christmas story, are also incredibly popular and a feature of many towns in Portugal.

The traditional Christmas meal in Portugal, called 'Consoada', is eaten during the evening of Christmas Eve.

Welcome your guests with some light appetizers and a glass of:

Maria Bonita Loureiro Vinho Verde DOC 2017

 Pegos Claros Rose DOC Palmela 2017

The meal consists of codfish with vegetables and boiled potatoes. Roasted turkey, octopus or lamb can also be served.

With its intense flavours, boiled cod fish pairs perfectly with a structured white wine or an elegant red:

Octopus goes very well with:

With its complex meaty flavours, roasted turkey and lamb are a natural match with tannic and powerful red wines:

Insurgente DOC Dão 2016 

 Tyto alba Touriga Nacional DOC do Tejo 2015

At the end of the meal, you will find at the Chirstmas' table "Bolo Rei", “filhós“, “Sonhos“, “Rabanadas”, “Aletria” and “Arroz Doce”, that washes it down nicely with Porto wine:

Companhia das Lezírias Colheita Tardia

And to enjoy after dinner, perhaps with a coffee,
 a glass of our Aged Brandy: 

 Azul Portugal Aged Brandy 

Most families go to midnight mass (Missa do Galo), although some churches have masses that take place a little earlier.

Celebrate Christmas with family, good food and great wine!

Merry Christmas | Feliz Natal 



The International Wine Challenge (IWC) owned by William Reed Business Media is now in its 35th year. The IWC is accepted as the world's finest and most meticulously judged wine competition which assesses every wine blind and judges each for its faithfulness to style, region and vintage. Throughout the rigorous judging processes, each medal-winning wine is tasted on three separate occasions by at least 10 different judges and awards include medals (Trophy, Gold, Silver, Bronze) and Commended and Great Value awards.

The results of the IWC 2019 Tranche 1 are now live.


Andreza Reserva Red DOC Douro 2015
Samora Red Regional Tejo 2017
Tyto alba Castelão DOC Do Tejo 2016
Tyto alba Red DOC Do Tejo 2014
Tyto alba White DOC Do Tejo 2017


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